Sze Fei-Izzuddin carry nation’s hope in Singapore Open

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will be banking on Goh Sze Fei-Nur Izzuddin Rumsani to bring some cheer in the Singapore Open from July 12-17 in the absence of top pair Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik.

Men’s doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky revealed that Aaron-Wooi Yik will be giving the Super 500 tournament a miss to focus on making a grand debut in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games from July 28-Aug 8.

The world No. 6 already have a hectic schedule with the Malaysian Open (June 28-July 3) and Malaysian Masters (July 5-10) coming up.

Malaysia will be looking to 12th ranked Sze Fei-Izzuddin and independent pair Ong Yew Sin-Teo Ee Yi (No. 10) to keep the flag flying high for the country in Singapore.

In the draw released yesterday, Sze Fei-Izzuddin, who are in the lower-half, have an easier path to the quarter-finals as they should get past Japan’s Hiroki Okamura-Masayuki Onodera (No. 55) in the first round and their likely opponents in the second round, India’s M.R. Arjun-Dhruv Kapila (No. 36).

Yew Sin-Ee Yi, placed in the top-half of the draw, have a trickier opening match as they take on Thailand’s Supak Jomkoh-Kittinupong Kedren (No. 33).

A win will likely see them face Taiwan’s 24th ranked Lu Ching Yao-Yang Po Han for a slot in the last eight.

In the quarter-finals, Sze Fei-Izzuddin and Yew Sin-Ee Yi could be presented with tough challenges against Indonesia’s third ranked Hendra Setiawan-Mohd Ahasan and world No. 1 Marcus Fernaldi-Kevin Sanjaya.

The other Malaysians in the main draw are Man Wei Chong-Tee Kai Wun, Tan Kian Meng-Tan Wee Kiong and Nur Azriyn Ayub-Lim Khim Wah.

Meanwhile, Goh V Shem-Loh Juan Shen, Mohd Haikal Nazri-Wan Arif Wan Junaidi, Chia Wei Jie-Low Hang Yee, Chang Yee Jun-Yap Roy King and Boon Yin Xuan-Wong Tien Ci will start from the qualifying round.

Meanwhile, the Badminton Association of Malaysia have identified new candidates to replace former men’s doubles coach Flandi Limpele and mixed doubles coach Paulus Firman.

Doubles coaching director Rexy Mainaky said one is a local and the other from abroad.

Rexy said the selection would not be made hastily.

“We do not want to rush as it is not easy to find quality coaches,” he said.

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